Training course fees

Providing a wide range of opportunities for BTO members and volunteers to develop their skills is a high priority for us. All BTO courses for volunteers are subsidised, though as a charity we need to make a charge to help cover the cost of the training programme.

Virtual training courses

You can find available courses on our Training Courses page. Virtual courses are charged at £12/session (i.e. £24 for 2-session courses, £36 for 3-session courses). If the cost is prohibitive for you to access these courses or you have any other queries, please email us at training [at]

In-person training courses

We run half-day sessions for groups of up to 12 people, which cost £20.

We also organise local, survey-specific training opportunities, often in areas where survey coverage is low. We can sometimes offer these at a lower cost or free of charge, where funding for volunteer training has been secured as part of a particular project. We are also fortunate that many of our survey partner organisations support us by providing venues at low or no charge. If you have ideas of organisations or venues that could support us in this way, please contact the Training Manager at training [at]

We offer a course on bird survey techniques for ecological and environmental professionals. For more information on price and availability of this course, please contact training [at]

Booking terms and conditions

For in-person sessions/courses, full payment must be received 4 weeks before the course starts. Cancellations 4 weeks or more before the start date will be reimbursed in full. We may not be able to issue a full refund for cancellations less than 4 weeks from the start date, if we have already incurred costs associated with your booking.

Travel to and from the venue, food and drink, and any accommodation requirements are the responsibility of the participant, unless otherwise stated in the information about the specific course.

If it is necessary for BTO or the venue to cancel an event you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to transfer your booking to another date/venue. In the event of a course cancellation, BTO will not be liable for any additional costs that you may have incurred, such as pre-booked travel tickets or additional accommodation.

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